Let’s file this one under, “It’s about time.” Amazon is now working with retailers to help eliminate those pre-boxes and plastic sealing that is almost impossible to get open without way too much work. Instead, items will be packed in plain brown cardboard boxes and envelopes. Companies to step up to the plate first are Microsoft, Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Transcend. We figure that will not only make Amazon greener, but should certainly keep shipping costs lower. Let’s hope that they pass some of the savings on to us.
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Okay, we know that some of us put all our stock into HD DVD, going all out on movies and players, only to be burned by the eventual Blu-ray victory. However, that also means that HD DVD player owners can enjoy some steep discounts on media for the failed format. As an example, Amazon is currently selling 99 HD DVD titles for $7.99. Seriously, perfectly good movies like The Bourne Supremacy, Army of Darkness, and the like, all for $7.99. Meanwhile, those of us buying Blu-ray are doing so at $20 or more a pop! See? Doesn’t that make you feel better about your HD DVD investment? We didn’t think so.
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We admit it. With the holidays coming on, we almost welcome the fact that things are not great with the economy. It sort of evens out the playing field for those of us that struggle to pay our rent. So we embrace companies who are worried about a slower than normal season and are trying to help themselves by helping us out. Dell’s Deal of the Day is one such example. They are not only offering low prices on their own products, but on other companies’ products as well, although we found the prices of those about equal to those on Amazon.
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After years upon years of frustrated purchasers cutting themselves on clamshell plastic cases, a company has stood up and proclaimed “No more!”. This morning, a letter from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appeared on the main page of the site, informing visitors that the company will now be working with leading manufacturers to deliver products “inside smaller, easy-to-open, recyclable cardboard boxes with less packaging material (and no frustrating plastic clamshells or wire ties).” They are calling it “Frustration-free Packaging.” Really? Could a world really exist where you can simply buy a product, open a box, and easily remove said product from said box—without having to scour the immediate vicinity for a box cutter? We know, it sounds too good to be true. We applaud Amazon for standing up for both the environment, and our cut up fingers.
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You can now pre-order the ASUS Limited Edition U6 Bamboo Notebook. The U6V-B1 features an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, a12.1-inch WXGA LED backlit wide panel, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics with 256 MB RAM, a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth capability, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and both an eSATA and HDMI port. At a size of 15.2 x 9.6 x 1.2-inches, you can sign up for the environmentally friendly laptop at Amazon for $1,999.00.
Amazon has announced that its subsidiary, IMDb, will be offering free recent and classic films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “The Madness of King George.” There are also trailers and short films. They say that over 6,000 titles are available and include episodes of new season shows like “30 Rock.” We checked out an episode on the site and noticed that it is about as free as regular TV, so expect some commercials, although not to the extent that you find on network television.
OLPC has gotten together with Amazon to sell its products in the U.S. Beginning in late November until the end of 2008, you can purchase the XO laptops in a G1G1 (give one, get one) deal for $398.00. The group plans on launching its second generation in 2010 with a touchscreen and hopes that it will come closer to the $100.00 price they originally envisioned. We suspect that the problem with the first model will continue to limit sales as we little people are thinking, “Hmmm. Buy extra computer or fill gas tank?”
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Way out of left field, TiVo has announced that customers are going to be able to browse and purchase from Amazon’s huge inventory, from the comfort of their living rooms. You know, because shopping a store that has tens of thousands of items to choose from, using just your remote control, is all kinds of awesome. To take part, you need to have a broadband-connected TiVo Series 2, Series 3, or TiVo HD (seriously, is anyone still doing dial-up on these things?).
Starting today, TiVo will launch the new service to consumers by merchandising products related to several high profile shows, including but not limited to The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Colbert Report, and Burn Notice. Consumers will also be able to use TiVo’s Universal Swivel Search to easily explore and buy products associated with their favorite shows, movies, actors, and directors, directly from the television set
I don’t know about you, but these images showing Amazon shopping on TiVo don’t look that enticing. In any event, you can get your shop on starting today.
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Amazon has begun to take orders for their MSI Wind. Available in black, they announced that shipping will begin July 7. The MSI Mini-laptop features a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Processor, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB hard drive, and Windows XP Home. Also standard with the laptop is a 1.3M webcam, Bluetooth capabilities, 3 USB ports, and a 4-in-1 card reader. At a size of 10.2 x 7.1 x 0.8-inches and a weight of 2.3 pounds, the Wind is available for $499.99.
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Amazon has put some of our fave toys on sale through June 18, in case you still haven’t gotten anything for Dad. Save 70% on selected Transformers, up to 50% off Spy Gear, and 20% off Air Hogs. They are also offering a free Jive Pod if you purchase 2 items. While this is a wondrous thing, shop quickly, because in most instances there are only a few of each left. Think of it as Amazon’s belated spring cleaning.
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